At a Hollywood fundraiser on Saturday night, we shared with supporters that the Ocean Adventurer will be part of our fleet for our upcoming 2010-2011 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation No Compromise.
The 12-year-old, 115-foot, stabilized monohull vessel would fill the role of fast interceptor, replacing the Ady Gil, the vessel that the Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 deliberately rammed and destroyed on January 6th of this year.
This expedition will be our seventh campaign to oppose the illegal activities of the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean and we hope it will be our last season. During the past six campaigns, we have saved the lives of nearly 2,000 whales and exposed illegal Japanese whaling activities to the entire world. Last season, we were able to save more whales than the Japanese whalers were able to kill. Five hundred and twenty-eight (528) whales are alive and swimming in the sea because our supporters enabled us to intervene by underwriting our ships and crews.
Each year, because of our supporters, we have become stronger and more effective. Through patience, determination and persistence, we are driving the Japanese whaling fleet into debt and closer to the day they will retreat from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
We are confident that with your help, we will see our most effective campaign ever with Operation No Compromise. Our ships, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, are currently being prepared for the campaign. We have recruited the best crew we can assemble. Our only challenge now is to raise the funds for the Ocean Adventurer.
With three ships, we will once again be able to track and intervene against the poachers in the Southern Ocean for the entire season. Our goal is to save more whales this coming season than we did during the last season and to shut down whaling in the Southern Ocean permanently.